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Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, who is running a climate-focused White House campaign, is sharing more of his thinking about his platform and approach as the Democratic primary race heats up.

Why it matters: The Democratic party is debating the best method of tackling human-caused global warming and other climate problems, including whether to embrace the Green New Deal (GND) resolution fully or partially. Inslee also is signaling the ways in which he's closer to Sen. Elizabeth Warren's reformist view of capitalism than to the democratic socialism of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Where it stands: Inslee shared more of his thinking about his platform with reporters yesterday while in Washington, D.C., for a renewable energy industry event. He said a detailed platform is still weeks away, but offered some clues.

Takeaways:

1. Inslee offered hints that his climate and energy platform won't be constructed around a single big idea analogous to Medicare for All. Instead look for a constellation of policies.

  • "Here’s some news: There is not one silver bullet on this," he told the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).
  • Inslee cited several things enacted or proposed in his state and elsewhere around electric vehicle targets, a clean transportation fuels standard, "net-zero" buildings, and more.
  • "I don't think we should take carbon pricing off the table, but whether I propose it or not, that remains to be seen," he said onstage. (Carbon fee ballot measures have twice failed in his state.)

2. His comments on the filibuster suggest a lot of his platform will require legislation, not just administrative action.

  • "I don't believe you can really be serious about saying you are going to defeat climate change unless you realize that we need to have the filibuster go the way of history," he told reporters.

3. Inslee's basic jobs message is that what he's calling for is already happening — the country just needs more of it.

  • "I've got a shiny blue General Motors all-electric Bolt charging in my driveway made by American workers in Michigan. That is a pretty good vision for the United States," he said at the event.

4. Inslee places more emphasis on the role of the private sector than some advocates of the GND, although he praises the concept. The resolution itself focuses huge public-sector investments and financing tools to a very rapid scale-up of zero-carbon energy and climate-friendly infrastructure and industrial practices.

  • "I think sometimes it's easy for folks to forget what is by far the largest driver and provider of equity and entrepreneurial skills, and labor skills, and intellectual talent. It is the private sector," Inslee said (although those remarks weren't made in relation to the GND).
  • "I think the most important public policy aspect is to create a demand for these products," he added.
  • "Once you can show a demand, a steady-state demand for your products and services, that is going to help have capital flow into this industry," he told ACORE.

My thought bubble: That sounds a lot like the rationale for policies like clean power targets that lots of states have imposed and federal lawmakers — like Inslee, a former congressman who's worked on climate problems for decades — have unsuccessfully pushed nationally.

But, but, but: "We do have to have massive new investments in the public sector," Inslee later clarified to reporters.

  • "We do need massive public infrastructure investment, but we'll need more massive private equity which will really drive the development of a lot of this technology and infrastructure," he said.
  • And his message doesn't flatly collide with the GND per se. This primer from the pro-GND think tank Data for Progress has similar things to say about policy goals that move private capital.

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Scoop: U.S. and Israel to form team to solve consulate dispute

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (right) meet in Washington. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel are planning to form a joint team to hold discreet negotiations on the reopening of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, Israeli officials say.

Why it matters: The consulate handled relations with the Palestinians for 25 years before being shut down by then President Donald Trump in 2019. Senior officials in Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government see the consulate issue as a political hot potato that could destabilize their unwieldy coalition.

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to Parkland school shooting

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz at the defense table during jury selection at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 6, 2021. Photo: Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Nikolas Cruz on Wednesday pleaded guilty on all counts for carrying out the 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, including 14 students and three staff members.

Driving the news: Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty at a hearing on Wednesday to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for carrying out the deadly shooting.

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White House unveils plan to "quickly" vaccinate kids ages 5-11

Charles Muro, 13, is inoculated at Hartford Healthcare's mass vaccination center at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Wednesday released its plan to vaccinate children between the ages of five and 11, pending authorization from the Food and Drug Administration of the first COVID-19 shot for that age group.

The big picture: The White House said it has secured enough vaccine supply to equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of school and community health clinics, as well as tens of thousands of pharmacies, to administer the shots.

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